Golding double and cool Sacred Heart heads books an Auckland final in Christchurch

College Sport Media: A double to Thomas Golding has booked Mt Albert Grammar School a spot in their first Lotto Premier Boys Final since the year they won the competition in 2012. Meanwhile Sacred Heart (Auckland) have made their fifth straight final in the row dating back to 2014. Sacred Heart and St Pats Wellington who already met in a 1 all draw on Tuesday, will go down as one of the better semi finals for a while. Going all the way to spot kicks after an end to end…

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Saint Kentigern, Marist & Epsom claim APC titles

College Sport Auckland’s Girls Football Auckland Provincial Championship (APC) finals were held yesterday at Western Springs Football Club. All three matches were closely fought, with two games going into extra time and the Division 1 final ending in a penalty shootout. Epsom Girls Grammar School took the APC Junior A title for the third year in a row, beating Mt Albert Grammar School 1-0. Junior A MVP: McKensie Metzger, Mt Albert Grammar School Marist College went in to the APC Division 2 final quietly confident as they were unbeaten throughout…

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Glendowie’s rise from winless league season to grand final

College Sport Media: They didn’t win a game in the Senior A1 competition last year but Auckland’s Glendowie College 1st XI Girls Football side are just one victory away from clinching the Auckland Provincial Championship (APC) Division Two title on Wednesday. Playing in the College Sport Auckland Senior A1 Competition in 2017, the East Auckland based school were fortunate not to be relegated come the end of the season with just four draws to their name. Despite this, it was evident the team had the ability to play the beautiful game…

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Schoolgirls feature in NZ U/20 Football Squad

College Sport Media: In October 2017, New Zealand become the first nation to qualify for the 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup. New Zealand won the Oceania Football Confederation Under-19 Women’s Championship for a sixth time to earn their place in France in August, 2018. The Oceania tournament featured six countries: New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Samoa and Tonga with the Kiwis winning all five matches and outscoring opponents 48 goals to one. On Monday a provisional World Cup squad was selected and the following [Auckland] school…

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Football players to watch

College Sport Media recently put together a list of promising football players who should feature prominently throughout the remainder of 2018. Below are some Auckland students identified as players to watch this year. Hannah Blake (Saint Kentigern College) The Saint Kentigern College Striker helped her school to an outstanding 2017 season winning the College Sport Auckland Championship, Knockout Cup and the NZSS title. The prolific striker will be on hand for some of her final College season as she also has to juggle her commitments with the New Zealand U-20…

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Ben Matthews named Student Official of the Year

Northern Football Federation: He is known by his peers as being a big stickler for rules, so it comes as no surprise that Long Bay College student Ben Matthews tried his hand at refereeing. He hasn’t looked back. The 17-year old is a keen footballer and juggling both school and club football commitments meant time wasn’t on his side to take up the whistle earlier. “I had been wanting to be a qualified referee for a long time but I wouldn’t have been able to juggle refereeing and playing for…

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Matt Palmer shooting for glory

College Sport Media: Two years ago at the FIFA Under-17 World Championships in Chile, Sacred Heart College student Lucas Imrie scored a last play goal against Paraguay to propel New Zealand into the round of 16 for the first time. On October 6 in Mumbai, New Zealand kicks off the 2017 edition of the tournament against Turkey and another Sacred Heart lad is hoping to have a big impact in front of goal. Matt Palmer scored 22 goals in the Auckland Premier League this year as Sacred Heart retained the…

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Saint Kentigern claim NZSS Girls Football title

Saint Kentigern College played the final of the NZSS Lotto Premier Tournament in Taupo on Friday against their old rivals Mt Albert Grammar School, who had previously won the championship many times. At half time Mt Albert Grammar were leading 2-0, but with the wind at their backs the Saint Kentigern girls fought hard to catch up and level the score at 2-2 to take the game to extra time. The game was tied 3-3 at the end of the first half of extra time, then 4-4 at the end…

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Goals galore seal Sacred Heart Auckland League title

College Sport Media:​ The prospects of the Sacred Heart College First XI football team winning the Auckland Premier League for the fourth consecutive year were bleak less than a fortnight ago. Sacred Heart trailed Saint Kentigern College on both goal difference and points. In fact Sacred Heart had to beat St Kent’s on August 18 to have any chance of retaining their title and hope if St Kent’s didn’t lose their remaining two fixtures, they were unable to score as prolifically as the Catholics. The enormity of Sacred Heart’s challenge…

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Baradene football and futsal on the rise

College Sport Media: A youthful Baradene College 1st XI football team has just completed a fruitful APC Premier Division 1 season. On Wednesday night Baradene lost 0-3 to top qualifier and unbeaten Saint Kentigern College in the final after beating perennial contenders Mount Albert Grammar School in their semi-final the previous week. Team captain Abby Murphy, one of just two year 13 players in the team, said the Baradene 1st XI has gelled well in the just completed 12-team Auckland league. “We were happy with how we played in the…

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